Keeping The Child Encouraged

Nothing contributes more to a satisfactory _rapport_ than praise of the child's

efforts. Under no circumstances should the examiner permit himself to show displeasure

at a response, however absurd it may be. In general, the poorer the response, the

better satisfied one should appear to be with it. An error is always to

be passed by without comment, unless it is painfully evident to the

child himself, in which case the examiner will do well to make some

excuse for it; e.g., "You are not quite old enough to answer questions

like that one; but, never mind, you are doing beautifully," etc.

Exclamations like "fine!" "splendid!" etc., should be used lavishly.

Almost any innocent deception is permissible which keeps the child

interested, confident, and at his best level of effort. The examination

should begin with tests that are fairly easy, in order to give the child

a little experience with success before the more difficult tests are


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